How To Use A Ouija Board

Once the players are ready and are sat around it, each of you needs to place a finger or two on the Planchette. Take turns asking the dead and spirits questions. Leave plenty of time for the spirits to reply. The movement or movements of the Planchette may be very slight at first. Try not to press your fingers down too hard, or it may stop the spirits from controlling it and responding to your answers.

How to use an Ouija board

What questions should I ask the Talking Board?

It is the dead and spirits you are talking to. And remember, they may not be from our time. They could have lived in the 19th century and even fought in the civil war. They may know some remarkable history and could have a great story to tell. Asking them about watching TV if they are from the early 19th century is not a good idea. Ask some simple questions: Are you male or female? Which year did you pass away in? How old are you? Once you establish, the basic questions will likely flow.

Do Talking Boards really work?

Yes, talking boards do really work. They are far from being a toy. And you should only use one if you have researched, know the rules, and protect yourself

What to do if the Planchette moves on its own?

It’s a strange and rare phenomenon, but we have seen the Planchette move whilst nobody touches it. In this scenario, something powerful, dark and negative energy is there, and you should close the board immediately.

How much are Ouija Boards?

They typically start at around £15.00 (in the United Kingdom) and go upwards. You can pay much more for a table-sized one or a fancy one made of glass.

Where to buy one

You have come to the right business. You can buy them from this site. We have many for sale and ship worldwide.

Is the Ouija Board a game?

The Ouija is technically a game which allows communicating with spirits and the dead. It’s not designed or intended for children. And can be dangerous if you don’t understand what you are doing. It’s a mysterious tool that can help you search for answers from the other side.

Do you need to be a spiritualist for it to work?

Not at all, many spiritualists do use them along with mediums. You don’t need to believe in anything to get messages from the spirits. You must be patient and give them time to take control of the Planchette. Don’t press too hard; you may stop and control the movement. They may show another sign they are there, such as the temperature dropping or hearing strange noises.

What is a talking board?

It’s just another term for Ouija. And it is for spiritualists to communicate with the spirit world.

How to play the game

All you need to do is place the Planchette on, and all players need to place a finger or two on it. Then take turns asking questions, leaving a little time for them to respond and move the Planchette. Always remember to be polite while talking to spirits. Once upon a time, they were living people.

And they still have free will, opinions and feelings. If you upset or offend them, they are less likely to want to communicate with you. The most important thing is to enjoy it and have fun. Remember, it is only a game, and it should be an enjoyable experience for you. It can be scary and turn you into a nervous wreck if it is your first time, but many people enjoy the thrill.

Is using an Ouija Board as seen in the films?

Using an Ouija is nothing as you see in films. In films, Ouija Boards are exaggerated as good for the business and company profits. People don’t get thrown around in the air. You can invite a negative spirit or demon into your home, though. And they will wreak havoc on your mental health and your life. You will have to go through a mental and spiritual war to eliminate them.

Is the game addictive?

It is believed a person or participants can become addicted to using an Ouija. Especially if you have lost a loved one and believe you are in contact with them through the device. It’s talking to your loved one that becomes addictive. You will find this is a common effect. What you need to remember is spirits can lie, and it might not be your relative you are in contact with or sending messages to.

Who invented the board-game?

Elijah Bond filed a patent for the Ouija Board on the 28th of May 1890. Earlier methods of spirit communication, like automatic writing, were used in China around 1100 AD. Since its invention, its popularity has soared, and millions have sold. In 1901, William Fuld took over the production. He had Charles Kennard, owner of Kennard Novelty Company, carry out his manufacturing.

The Ouija board rules

How to make one yourself

You can make your talking boards by writing the alphabet, numbers 0-9, “yes”, “no”, and “goodbye” on the floor, a piece of paper or a table. You can use a glass or coin as the Planchette. And you can make this for free, and it is handy if you have forgotten to take it out with you.

How to make your own planchette

You can use a 50-pence piece or a small glass. To make something fancy, you can design one on a computer and print it using a 3D printer. You can look at Google images for inspiration and ideas. Many people have hand-carved planchettes and even Ouija boards out of wood. Some of the hand-crafted ones look outstanding.

Does it really work?

Talking boards work. When you call upon the dead, they do like to come in and give answers to your questions. It’s a mysterious phenomenon when you see it happen, and you usually get tingles down your arms. They have grown massively in popularity recently, and it’s fun to play with a group of friends. It’s handy to have some EMF devices around, and there are usually large EMF spikes whilst playing with Ouija Boards. Look out for tiny movements of the Planchette at first. Once the spirits gain more energy, the movements should increase. And you will see letters the Planchette move between the letters. Hopefully, you will find the answers.

Why will it not work for me?

It is a common question if you are new to using the board. The spirits are mysterious and don’t work on our time or commands. You may need to have a good few attempts at using it before death, and the spirit will come forward.

Try letting different participants ask questions, leave plenty of time between asking questions, and don’t press too hard on the Planchette. You may stop the movement of the tool. If you are struggling, ask spiritualists or mediums to join you; they may have more experience with it.

Who is Zozo?

Zozo is believed to be an occult demon called Zozo. He will frequently answer questions or show a sign he is, thereby moving the Planchette in figure 8. Watch out for this. If it even begins to happen, close the board down immediately and play another time again. Contacting or communicating with demons or the occult is dangerous and not advised. Many people have reported encountering him on Ouija board work. As Zozo has grown in popularity, many people have claimed to call out asking for him. You will find this is a terrible idea and a silly thing to do.

Is the Ouija Board Dangerous

Yes, Ouija boards can be dangerous. You may have begun just wanting an answer. Still, some negative ghosts and demons may want something else entirely. And once you let them into your world, you may have a war trying to get them out.

How to use an Ouija board

It’s a mysterious and wonderful tool. Still, you must be aware of the dangers and protect yourself as much as possible. Many people have reported accidentally letting a demon into their home over the last century. It can turn the bravest of men into a chicken.

How to use it safely alone

We don’t recommend using the boards alone. They are dangerous as they attract demons. And using it alone can put you at serious risk. Besides, playing the game with a friend is much more fun. It’s not like what you have seen in a film. Things don’t get thrown around, but the dead can cause depression and suicidal thoughts.

Psychic Services vs Ouija Board

If you want answers from a deceased loved one, you better go to a psychic medium, as they can see and hear the spirit. You can’t see or listen to them when you use them, and they lie. So you may need to speak to someone other than the person you think you are. Let your psychic call for your loved ones. We know it costs money, and you must use a company, but it will be safer. Don’t use a self-proclaimed medium, use one with good popularity.

How to help make it work

You can increase the chances of it working. All the players, please put a finger or two on the Planchette. It would help if you then asked the spirits questions. If there are no ghosts there, you will not get a reply, or if they don’t wish to speak at that time, you will not get a response. You can’t force it to happen. They work on their time. If you don’t get results, try again at a different time or haunted location. The best practice is to visit a known haunted place or house and use it there. There is a higher chance that ghosts will be there, and you are not risking bringing anything harmful into your home.

What questions should I ask?

There are many questions you can ask. You can ask them if they have been to New York, been in the Civil War, which company employed them for, what’s happening in the news, and if they were born in October. As it was a living person you were speaking to before they passed, you can ask them anything you could have done when they were alive.

Avoid asking Ouija boards boring questions like how many spirits there are. They may be tired of repeatedly hearing that question. Once you get a response, you are talking to somebody, getting to know them and sparking engaging and interesting questions. You are much more likely to get results if they enjoy the conversation as much as you are.

Spiritualists and Mediums may help your session

Spiritualist people usually believe in Ouija Boards. They may have experience using them and would be a good addition to your group. Mediums can see, hear or communicate with spirits directly, which may help you get better results. You just need to find a spiritualist who is willing to be one of your participants.

Do Ouija Board only work in some languages?

The Ouija is just one of many devices for speaking to a spirit. If you are using it in France, you will most likely be speaking to a French national who will speak French. If you are using it in the UK, you will most likely be speaking to an English national who will speak English.

How To Safely Use It

The best practices for staying safe. Please don’t use it in your own home. If something negative comes through, it is your house it will get stuck in. Don’t ask for demons or anything negative to come through. Always close the board down once you have finished, and say the lord’s prayer. If the Planchette starts going around in figure 8, or you start getting hateful messages, close it immediately.

Don’t use the Ouija on your own, ensure there are at least two players. You can find many prayers and rituals online to help protect yourself whilst playing. And you can find them using a quick Google search. You can acquire crystal and witchcraft symbols, which will offer you some spiritual protection.

How to get rid of it properly

You should wrap it in several bags and throw it in the bin. You don’t want to burn it, or bad things may happen. And you don’t want it to fall into the hands of a child. Bagging it up several times and putting it in the bin will have the least risk of a harmful effect. Alternatively, you can sell them. If a buyer is going to buy one, it saves you from having to dispose of it, and they may save some money.

What not to ask

Many people use it to talk to loved ones. Do not call out for anyone you know or anyone related to you. It’s common knowledge that the dead tell lies, and it will not be somebody related to you. They will pretend to be related to you and will true them, when it could be a demon tricking you into trusting them. If you want to search for answers from loved ones, you are better off finding a good psychic medium.

What questions not to ask the Ouija

How to close an Ouija safely

Ouija boards can be closed by moving Planchette to Goodbye, and by saying goodbye, then you need to take it off. It’s as simple as that. Only walk away from it after closing it down first. Leaving it open lets anything negative walk free into your home. If this happens, you will not like the effect. Once you have called upon the ghosts and heard their story, close the board early to reduce negative effects.

Why can’t you ask an Ouija about god?

You can ask Ouija about god, but I don’t think the spirits will give a genuine answer. The spirits you are talking to are usually stuck in limbo, and most likely don’t know the real story or history. The story or history they give regarding god will not be true.

The Science Behind the Mystery

The science community considers the phenomenon to result from the ideomotor effect. The ideomotor phenomenon is a psychological effect where a subject makes physical motions unconsciously, which is when you do something automatically without even noticing. Michael Faraday first noted this in 1853 while he was investigating table tipping.

Many studies have been conducted trying to recreate the effects of the Ouija board in the laboratory environment. And were kept under laboratory conditions, and many subjects were involuntarily moving the Planchette. In 2012, a study found that when answering yes or no questions.

It showed significantly more accurate responses than guesswork. They suggest that it might draw on the powers of the unconscious mind. Sceptics have described its players as the ‘operators’, meaning they are moving the Planchette. Some critics have stated that the messages spelt out by spirits were similar to what was going through the participants’ minds.

What does a professor of neurology think?

According to a professor of neurology, Terence Hines, in his book Pseudoscience and the Paranormal. Professors think unconscious muscular exertions move the Planchette, like those responsible for table tipping movements. In any case, the illusion that there is moving under its control is often compelling.

And it’s sufficient to convince many people that spirits are truly at work. The subconscious muscle movements are responsible for the moving tables seen at séances. These are examples of phenomena due to what psychologists call the dissociative state. A dissociative state is where the consciousness is somehow divided or cut off from the individual’s cognitive, motor, or sensory functions. However, it is only one person’s opinion or belief. He called it facilitated communication and assisted writing.

Early critics and scholars

They were already criticized by scholars early on. Scholars described in a 1927 journal as “primitive belief systems”. And a con to part fools from their hard-earned money. Another journal in 1921 described reports of Ouija board findings as “half-truths”. And the report suggested that their inclusion in newspapers at the time lowered the national discourse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there other forms of divination?

Yes, there are many types of divination. Such as scrying, tea-leaf reading, crystal ball reading, and dowsing.


The attraction of the Ouija Board continues to mystify users worldwide. Its history, spirituality, and intrigue offers a gateway into the spirit world. However, wielding this tool comes with responsibilities. Users are urged to approach the board with a respect and a cautious attitude. Always be mindful of the powerful energies it may unleash. For those daring enough to seek answers, the Ouija Board awaits. It’s ready to reveal its mysterious tales and cryptic messages. If you want to read more about the history of the Ouija board, we have plenty more articles on the subject.

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